(BARDWELL): The West Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy (WAVE)’s second biennial Confluence — which will be held on July 19-20, 2018 at the Carlisle County Cooperative Extension Center in Bardwell – is proud to announce an agenda that’s jam-packed with prominent speakers, substantive panels and critical policy topics. Today, WAVE is excited to report that Day 2 of the Confluence, July 20, will feature a formal hearing held by the Kentucky General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Agriculture.
Over the past few weeks, WAVE announced that we will be joined by a stellar lineup of federal, regional and local officials, including U.S. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby, State Auditor Mike Harmon, US Attorney Russell Coleman, Murray State President Robert Davies, Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton, Waterways Council President Mike Toohey, Scott Brinkman, Secretary of the Executive Cabinet for Governor Matt Bevin and Dr. Anton Reece, President, West Kentucky Community and Technical College. CLICK HERE for the full agenda.
The WAVE initiative was launched in 2016 by the four River County judge-executives to seize the economic advantage posed by the opening of the newly expanded Panama Canal, and the expected long-term increase in Mississippi River export/import traffic. WAVE II’s theme is “Grow with the Flow: The Confluence of Agriculture and the River Economy.” Held in conjunction with the region’s annual “Ag Day” celebration, the two-day event will focus more directly on the economic opportunities that are shared by the river industry and local farmers.